Last updated: 25th Mar 2019.
Originally published: 26th Sep 2018
It's a tough slog being a music promoter. Long hours and financial risk are some of the pitfalls of the profession, which although hugely rewarding at times can take its toll on the women and men who put so much into running the events gig-goers and ravers love so much.
With mental health encouragingly becoming more of a conversation within the music industry, we recently conducted a survey to see the impact the role has had in promoters' well-being. It's the first time anything of this kind has focused specifically on behind-the-scenes professionals, with over 500 promoters, venue owners and event organisers responding.
They revealed that a staggering 82% of industry professionals have suffered from stress, 67% said they had anxiety and 40% said they had struggled with depression. One in 10 say they have developed associated symptoms of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) as a direct result of their work in music.
The sobering revelations don't end there. 65% of promoters said they frequently felt an ‘intense and unmanageable level of pressure’, whilst almost half (47%) said their work in music often led to a constant feeling of anxiety and sadness. See the full findings here at Skiddle Mental Health.
We're deeply impassioned by the topic, and want to drive the conversation to not only raise awareness around the problems but also contribute towards making some positive changes within the industry.
If you're struggling with mental health, we've listed some helpful links and numbers below:
CALM - 020 7239 9100
Mind - 0300 123 3393
Help Musicians UK - 020 7239 9100